Synergy Aircraft Project Unveils at EAA

Synergy (rendering)

In brief: The physical, full-scale model of the Synergy airplane unveiled at the CAFE Electric Aircraft Symposium in Santa Rosa, California.

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Make/Model: Synergy
Manufacturer: Synergy Aircraft Project / John McGinnis

The word

Synergy Aircraft (rendering)

The airplane, unveiled at the EAS 5 last week, is inventor John McGinnis' entry into the NASA/CAFE Green Flight Challenge scheduled for this July. The prize pot for that contest is $1.65 million.

The design of the aircraft is, as McGinnis describes it, "half sailplane-half fighter jet." Its name comes from the idea that the aircraft synergizes six proven aeronautical principles:

  • Laminar flow
  • Non-planar configuration
  • Wake-immersed propulsion
  • Open thermodynamic cycle
  • Pressure thrust
  • Optimum volumetric displacement waveform

The aircraft's shape produces extremely low induced drag and like the canard designs that inspired it, is incapable of unintentional stalls and cannot "spin" when stalling - proven in this case through computer simulation.

The aircraft is designed around the turbocharged, liquid-cooled, 200hp diesel DeltaHawk engine, which is undergoing FAA certification in Wisconsin.

And so ...

A very cool design with a lot of potential in aircraft of several energy sources.

Photo credits: Synergy / EAA

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